Goat Rock Beach midden
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Goat Rock Beach midden


Goat Rock Beach midden
Elevation 23 ft.

Joel, who we now call “midden man,” led us here on a tour of his recent North Bay discoveries. Shell and bone fragments litter this mound of dark sandy soil. This is not a natural deposit.


When we visited this site in December of 2011 a sand bar blocked the mouth of the Russian River. Several thousand gulls were apparently feeding from the still waters behind the bar. Our approach sent them skyward.


Photographs by Bob Bardell